CENTRAL ARKANSAS VETERANS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is pleased to announce recruitment for one postdoctoral clinical neuropsychology fellow within our APA-accredited Psychology Postdoctoral and Interprofessional Fellowship program for the 2016-2018 training cycle beginning approximately August/ September, 2016.
The neuropsychology training program is designed to prepare the fellow for employment as a licensed independent psychologist through supervised experience in neuropsychological assessment and intervention in accordance with Houston Conference Guidelines. This fellowship is designed to meet eligibility requirements for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Emphasis is placed on fellows learning a variety of neuropsychological assessment, intervention, and clinical research techniques within a multidisciplinary medical center with further emphasis on individualized training plans that meets the fellow’s specific training goals.
Training: Clinical training will be driven by empirically based assessments and treatments and informed by the scientific literature. Training will be primarily experiential in nature with ample opportunities to gain experience with a broad range of patient populations including patient with traumatic brain injury, stroke, movement disorders, dementias, substance abuse disorders, learning and attention disorders, medical disorders affecting the CNS, and psychiatric disorders which may impact cognitive functioning. Fellows will be involved in both inpatient and outpatient clinical care including rotations in outpatient neuropsychology, geriatric neuropsychology, polytrauma clinic, inpatient rehabilitation, transplant service, consultation and liaison for medical units, and community living centers.
The development of professional skills associated with the administrative aspects of running a clinic are emphasized throughout the program as the fellow takes an active role in the day-to-day functioning of an active service. Furthermore, professional skills are developed through socialization with other clinical and research fellows at CAVHS and interactions with staff on a junior colleague level. There are also opportunities for the Fellow to supervise pre-doctoral neuropsychology interns.
Didactics: Fellows are expected to attend a number of didactical experiences and are given protected time to complete such activities. Didactics include a variety of topics and are often interdisciplinary and may include Brain Dissection & Neuroanatomy, Tumor Board, Neurology Grand Rounds , Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Neuroradiology Didactics, Neuroanatomy Didactics, Movement Disorder Video Rounds, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Conference, Epilepsy Surgery Conference, and Neuropsychology Case Conference.
Research: The fellows are expected to develop or participate in a research project from the beginning of fellowship which will culminate in a scholarly activity, e.g., submission of a study or literature review for publication, presentation, submission of a grant proposal or outcome assessment prior to the end of the fellowship. The fellow will be required to present their project at a scholarly venue (e.g. poster or presentation at a regional or national conference). Additionally, the fellow will be required to present at other didactical events (i.e. case conference, grand rounds, intern development series). A minimum of two presentations per year are required and in many cases the fellows may present more frequently.
Supervision Opportunities: Residents gain supervisory experiences by supervising neuropsychology interns and psychometrists.
Training Site: Located in beautiful central Arkansas, one of the country’s best-kept secrets for a high quality of living. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is a large and comprehensive VA medical complex within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The medical center is located in a metropolitan area of over 600,000 people and draws from a primary service area of 275,000 veterans. It is also one of the largest and busiest VA medical centers in the country with its two campuses located in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Additional training and didactics are also provided at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences (UAMS).
Applicant eligibility criteria (all are required prior to starting the fellowship):
Applicants for our Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must meet the following minimum requirements in addition to the general eligibility requirements of the VA (found at: http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/eligibility.asp).
Successful completion of all requirements towards earning a doctoral degree from an APA-Accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology (including dissertation defense before the start of the fellowship).
Successful completion of an APA-Accredited Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program.
Successfully meet mandatory requirements for appointment as a Federal Employee, including, but not limited to: willingness to participate in the government’s drug testing procedures, selective service registration for males, and consent to participate in a background check to verify your application information and/or criminal history. Applicants who do not successfully pass this background check and/or drug test are ineligible for our program.
As an equal opportunity training program, the fellowship welcomes and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, racial, ethnic, age, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status.
Stipend: Postdoctoral fellows receive a competitive stipend paid in 26 biweekly installments. VA fellowship stipends are locality adjusted to reflect different relative costs in different geographical areas. Current stipend is $42, 239.
Health Insurance: Just as other VA employees, VA fellows are eligible for health insurance (for self, spouse, and legal dependents) and for life insurance. As temporary employees, fellows may not participate in VA retirement programs. With the recent Supreme Court decision, health benefits are now available to legally married same-sex partners. However, unmarried partners of either sex are not eligible for health benefits.
Holidays and Leave: Fellows receive 10 annual federal holidays. In addition, fellows accrue 4 hours of sick leave and 4 hours of annual leave for each full two week pay period, for a total of between 96 and 104 hours of each during the training year.
Authorized Absence: According to VA Handbook 5011, Part III, Chapter 2, Section 12, employees, including trainees, may be given authorized absence without charge to leave when the activity is considered to be of substantial benefit to VA in accomplishing its general mission or one of its specific functions, such as education and training. Application of this policy varies from site to site, so questions for a specific program must be directed to the Training Director.
Liability Protection for Trainees: When providing professional services at a VA healthcare facility, VA sponsored trainees acting within the scope of their educational programs are protected from personal liability under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act 28, U.S.C.2679 (b)-(d).
All application materials must be received by January 15, 2016 in order to be considered. The following materials are required:
- A letter of interest outlining career goals, expectations, and goodness-of-fit with our neuropsychology fellowship
- Official graduate transcripts
- Current curriculum vitae
- A letter of status from your academic program and anticipated completion date
- Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an internship supervisor Letters of recommendations should be sent from the writer’s official work e-mail.
- One work sample/comprehensive report
- With the exception of graduate transcripts, all application materials should be submitted electronically and all letters of recommendations must be sent from the sender’s work e-mail.
This year, we are not participating in the APPCN Matching Program but interviews will take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS).
Applications due: January 15, 2016
Inquiries and applications for the Postdoctoral Program should be directed to:
Garrett Andrews, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
Director of Neuropsychology & Rehabilitative Psychology Services
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116B/NLR)
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Email: Garrett. Andrews@va.gov